Fires take their toll on communities 

Police said this morning that there were no confirmed deaths or major injuries from bushfires burning around the state.

More than 100 police officers were out helping towns and communities affected by the fires overnight.

According to police, 30 per cent of the buildings in Dunalley have been destroyed, including the police station, bakery and the school.

About 40 per cent of buildings in Connellys Marsh are also lost, while three houses have reportedly been destroyed at Copping and an unspecified number at Primrose Sands.

More than 20 houses have been reported destroyed in the Murdunna area.

Police said it was unlikely that the Arthur Highway would be open for some time, until fallen wires, trees and debris were cleared, and this would not be done until the fire stopped burning across the highway.

Up to 2000 people have taken refuge at Nubeena and another 700 at the Port Arthur Historic  site. Arrangements have been made to ferry meals to those people this morning.

Police say people have also been ferried out of the Tasman Peninsula to emergency accommodation in Hobart.

Police and the Tasmania Fire Service continue to monitor blazes at Lake Repulse and the Bicheno/Coles Bay area.

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